‘If people are persistently defiant, they can be put in jail’: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces 17% COVID-19 positivity rate over past 24 hours

May 4, 2020

'If people are persistently defiant, they can be put in jail': Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces 17% COVID-19 positivity rate over past 24 hours

After announcing that 17% of Illinois residents tested for the novel coronavirus COVID-19 over the past 24 hours came back positive, Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker stated that local law enforcement can arrest “persistent” offenders of social distancing mandates.

Standing in front of staggered American and Illinois state flags, Pritzker also confirmed an additional 2,341 new cases and 46 deaths over the past 24 hours, bringing Illinois state totals to 63,840 and 2,662, respectively. However, though the quantity of COVID-19 patients and “assumed COVID-19 patients” increased since April 5, the rate of increase over the past week decreased, down 3.8% from April 26.

Pritzker appeared encouraged by the state’s 22% ventilator usage, a figure he attributed to the successes of Illinois’ stay at home mandate. “That’s a lot lower than we expected at this point and it’s because of the amazing work people have done staying and home and following our executive orders,” said Pritzker.

While Pritzker acknowledged the state’s plan to dismantle the emergency care center erected at McCormick Center, the governor also announced that only 17% of intensive care unit (ICU) beds remain available throughout Cook County. Northwest Suburbs collectively possess 152 available beds (38.3% of total ICU beds) while the North Suburbs carry only 27 available beds (11.9%).

In response to Chicagoland pastors continuing church services amid social distancing mandates, Pritzker stated that he preferred to remind parties resisting Illinois’ stay at home order of the dangers of large gatherings. However, Pritzker clarified that individuals who continue to ignore social distancing warnings may be incarcerated.

“We’re asking them to disperse, that’s the most important thing,” said Pritzker. “It’s not an intention that people will go to jail. I will say that if people are persistently defiant, they can be put in jail. I’m not suggesting that that is the best answer of the first answer, but that is an option for local law enforcement.”

Pritzker’s stance follows a weekend involving over 1,000 police dispersals in Chicago. However, despite Chicago residents defying Pritzker plea to refrain from nonessential activity, law enforcement issued zero citations.

“People should really understand if our numbers flatten and get better–and that’s where we seem to be at right now–it’s because people followed the rules,” said Pritzker. “And to the extent that people are not following them and gathering in groups, they’re going to spread the virus and cause us to go back into a previous executive order if in fact there is a spike in cases.”

When asked if he considered following New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo’s model to reopen the state by May 15, Pritzker balked at the prospectof  setting a date. Instead, Pritzker said the state will consider a multitude of factors, including population densities, before announcing a plan to reopen the state economy.

Said Pritzker, “It really needs to be based on data and metrics. My guess is knowing [Gov. Cuomo], that he was really talking and hoping that that might be a date that they can do it. But you really need to do this based on the data and that’s what we’re following very closely.

“I want to open it as fast as anybody does, I just want to make sure we’re doing it in a safe fashion.”

Nevertheless, Pritzker stated the state’s intention to declare a plan to reopen the economy ahead of May 30. According to Pritzker, Illinois state representatives are organizing different phases to gradually reopen Illinois.

Despite over 1.2 million confirmed cases in the United States, Pritzker suggested a need to accelerate availability for testing nationwide. As of May 4, Illinois confirmed the fourth-most coronavirus COVID-19 diagnosis among U.S. states, trailing only New York, New Jersey and Massachusetts.

“We’re doing a lot of testing, but no state is doing enough testing,” said Pritzker.

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36 Comments

36 Responses to “‘If people are persistently defiant, they can be put in jail’: Illinois Gov. J.B. Pritzker announces 17% COVID-19 positivity rate over past 24 hours”

  1. Jill on May 4th, 2020 3:45 pm

    People shouldn’t be put in jail. It’s cruel and mean. I’m sure Justice Studies, Sociology and Social Work faculty and students would agree. 😮

  2. MR Prickster on May 4th, 2020 6:04 pm

    After you took people out of jail ROFLMAO beside with no $$ i would be better in jail 3 meals medical a cot and all the sex with bubba i want

  3. Ed Mincey on May 4th, 2020 7:52 pm

    Idc hus clown ass needs to be impeached and I’m not tbeonly one who is saying thid I bet I couild get at least 75% of illinois residents that would be on my side

  4. Jonathan Kaps on May 4th, 2020 8:36 pm

    Section 242 of Title 18 states that this is against the law. Under the color of law. What Jb Pritzker and mayor lightfoot are overreaching there authority. This is against the constitution of the United states of America. And any officer can be put in jail for enforcing such rubbish.

  5. Ida Simpson on May 4th, 2020 9:01 pm

    I disagree ( Jails are necessary) for people ignoring rules

    People arrested for not wearing mask or social distancing should be jailed in (Separate Jails)because most of them have these viruses from not following the rules

  6. Ginger Wilkey on May 4th, 2020 9:17 pm

    No sir u are wrong.

  7. Jill on May 5th, 2020 3:47 am

    All kinds of criminals are released from jail, because of COVID-19 or Kim Foxx. Now, Jay Bob replaces them with party people, which makes no sense and is cruel. ☹️

  8. Constance Carstens on May 5th, 2020 7:42 am

    Pritzker you and your family have already violated your own rules and so has the Mayor of Chicago. Illinois has released many criminals including violent crime offenders but want to arrest and put in jail people who won’t comply with unlawful orders. You are a hypercrite and will get no respect from most Illinois residents…. fine example of do as I say not what I do insanity in Illinois Government.

  9. C Garrett on May 6th, 2020 2:27 pm

    So when is he going to surrender his wife and family to the authorities? If he wants to make up laws he better enforce them on all parties not just who he chooses.

  10. Alita Faulds on May 6th, 2020 5:56 pm

    A warning for 1st offenders, yes, but not immediate jail time for those not complying with COVID19 guidelines. Everyone, know this!!!! In order for our lives to go back to normal, this virus must be contained, or we’ll be back to square 1…..okay???????

  11. Bill Denham on May 6th, 2020 7:39 pm

    pritzer is a worthless pos. Never worked a day in his life. His mommy gave him everything but a brain. We will come and go as we damn well please. Like it or not. WNt to put me in jail then YOU lard butt come and give it a try. You have overreached your power. 30 days is all you had. Times up. We will live our own damn lives with or without your approval.

  12. David Huff on May 10th, 2020 3:37 pm

    Chicago is the virus hotspot with higher numbers. Drive 🚗four hrs, next to nothing and we get penalized for Chicago. More killings from shootings and abortions, than virus deaths. We catch hell for being South of Chicago. We didn’t deserve the lockout and still dont. Spritzer JB Junior Blago, is unjust and doesn’t even visit the state capitol.

  13. Christine on May 11th, 2020 1:43 pm

    17% of IL residents tested positive over the last 24 hours? That would be 2.25 million in 24 hours. Did you mean to say that 17% OF THOSE TESTED were positive in the last 24 hours? And positives don’t matter. Deaths matter.

  14. Managing Editor on May 11th, 2020 2:22 pm

    Yup. That’s what is written in the first sentence. Thanks for reading!

  15. Annmarie Diaz on May 11th, 2020 2:37 pm

    We from my point of view,is that if the city wasn’t so over populated
    And if the Mayor didn’t protect undocumented people,the spread would end, jailing people not the answer,and the governor don’t care he living life just as he was,only one suffering,are the hard working Americans…

  16. Zen on May 11th, 2020 3:01 pm

    There is no law upholding these orders. If you haven’t been served a quarantine order, then you have not been issued proper due process. Any charges trumped against you will not be punishable by the courts.

  17. Defiant Independant on May 11th, 2020 4:43 pm

    You aren’t my mom therefore J.B.Pritzker I WILL STAND DEFIANT OF ALL ORDERS FROM YOUR WORTHLESS MOUTH!!!!! Inaccurate counts are nationwide because you fools are paying hospitals to declare a covid19 case. Absolutely worthless IL government! You IDIOTS, TAKE YOUR HEAD OUT OF YOUR BUTTS!

  18. Tom Gun on May 11th, 2020 7:04 pm

    Let those clowns take the drug first in front of the cameras

  19. Filmteknik on May 11th, 2020 7:11 pm

    You people who are saying this is illegal or that is unconstitutional etc. please tell us where your law degree is from. Anyone can have an opinion but if you’re not a lawyer it’s kind of irrelevant.

  20. Jeffrey Robertson on May 11th, 2020 7:42 pm

    You were given certain privileges by the people of Illinois, by a mass majority your privileges have been REVOKED, releasing violent criminals on an innocent population because of inflated fear of your own view does not delegate disruption of an entire society or it’s functionality. The God given rights do not say, to shop at stores, they are freedoms and inalienable rights far beyond your authority, furthermore, you are not owed a bailout without disclosing accountability for past revenues. You stand with your threats of imprisonment, license revocation, unlawful assembly of worship,forbidding people from feeding their families, on the edge in America of domestic terrorism. An investigation of your endeavors that lack any benefit of Illinoisans should ensue

  21. Bill Denham on May 11th, 2020 8:03 pm

    Go ahead and try putting us in jail. You do not have the power to do this and you know it. You had your 30 days of shutdown and you can not override the constitution. So go ahead and try and you’ll find out that we the people will start fighting back. Best you can do is go back to your twinkies and ding dongs.

  22. Michael on May 11th, 2020 8:37 pm

    This Governor is overstepping his bounds and abusing his authority. putting the people of this state in jail while they release convicted felons is an utter disgrace. Illinois is already the armpit of the nation; More debt than any other state and more orange jumpsuits than any other state. I’m embarrassed to live in this state

  23. Michael on May 11th, 2020 8:39 pm

    I will utterly defy the executive order from this governor! I have a right to put food on my table , I have a right to worship as I see fit. You are dragging this state towards socialism and all because you want to take the economy to derail the current administration. You don’t fool anybody anymore spritzer

  24. Bill on May 11th, 2020 8:45 pm

    Constitution was taught in school. Get with it.
    Everybody has their right to an opinion.

  25. Andy Jones on May 11th, 2020 11:08 pm

    Life will not go back to normal if we follow Democrat manipulated b.s.
    It is being proven that this agenda is being pushed by fear, panic and hysteria by the left
    Hmmm….I guess it did not bother you when we had H1N1, Sars, Ebola, Swine flu…you were out and about without a mask…even though after months, Obama said we had a pandemic, but he was a Democrat and the country was not shut down. And nothing said in the leftist media.

  26. Joyce on May 11th, 2020 11:27 pm

    The Constitution of the United States clearly states you are wrong. We are not a communist country and you cannot keep us from worshiping in our churches. or working. You keep saying or referring like those over you are stating these communistic orders. Our President says open but you being so power hungry and keep saying no. You are not more powerful than our President, our Constitution or God Almighty. You need to back off. God knows right where you are and He has your future in His hands. We are praying for God to bring us justice. Oh, and He will.

  27. Navada on May 12th, 2020 1:39 am

    With a death rate of only .8% that only have covid19 only without any underlining conditions hardly justify a lock down in any way shape of form. Let this broke ass state reopen. Let the people decide whether or not they want to take a chance by getting their hair cut or going to a restaurant to eat. You are not authorized to go against the constitution and constrict a citizens freedom of movement.

  28. Norman Overturf on May 12th, 2020 1:54 am

    I’d say impeach his a.. He’s all about him and his family. He don’t know how to do the best for us. He can’t even manage his own life. We southern Illinoisans support Chicago. Not the other way around. We don’t need you Prixter . Do all of us a favor and resign.We would be better off without you.

  29. Teresa Bouck on May 12th, 2020 11:13 am

    He is a crooked politician and doesn’t deserve to be in our government. Another crooked politician for Chicago. Chicago is 99% of the pandemic so why is the rest of Illinois on lock down. He is gone overboard and I for one will not be controlled by this idiot.

  30. April Weller on May 12th, 2020 3:19 pm

    This man needs to be stopped constitutional rights are being infringed upon beyond belief our country was founded on most of the rights that he is trying to take away from you / us we need to remove this fat power abusing communist from office I’m not sure why Illinois elected a proving Criminal of the state he is already tried to rob from the state once with his best friend Blagojevich

  31. Joan Schwitzer on May 12th, 2020 4:35 pm

    I guess he needs to fill up the jail cells after releasing 4000 prisoners including 64 murderers.

  32. Tim Campbell on May 12th, 2020 11:02 pm

    So the governor ijust released child molesters , rapists, and murderers back on the streets but is going to put people in jail for being around other people or going to church.something is not clicking in this man’s head we can’t allow him to keep taking away our rights!!!

  33. Michael on May 13th, 2020 5:59 pm

    Have you read the Constitution? Apparently not. I suggest you do.

  34. Mike on May 14th, 2020 1:08 am

    No you can’t be jailed for defying Governor Flintstone’s orders. There is no enforcement mechanism in the statute. But if he wants to make a case of it go ahead. Just figure out which Hyatt Hotel he plans to give up in the settlement. Would be like being handed a winning lottery ticket.

  35. Beyond pissed off on May 14th, 2020 11:26 am

    As a small business owner, this man is destroying us. I am being told I am non essential and not to open. I can still follow the mask guideline as well as the 6ft. Social distancing guidelines and be able to operate my business safely… I have been told no. This is ridiculous. Prickzker is a self absorbed, egomaniacal pig. There is one of him and a hundred plus thousands of us… think about it. He is gonna piss in the wrong cheerio bowl and be sad about it. Believe it or not…there is someone, somewhere he is gonna push to the breaking point and they are going to take justice into their own hands. .. now imagine a hundred thousand plus doing this. He isn’t invincible like he believes he is. Karma is a bitch…. what comes around goes around…wonder if his mother taught him that or how about do unto others as you’d have done yourself. We all know she taught him how to eat, he obviously hasn’t missed a meal while there are people starving trying to feed their families. He is a hypocrit. Whatever personal issue he has with our President should be taken up with the President. Abuse is abuse. He is abusing people, power and priveledges. I hope he rots in hell or a tiny jail cell.

  36. Betty on May 14th, 2020 7:34 pm

    Can a person be arrested if they have not broken any laws? Our rights in the first amendment of the Constitution says we have a right to assemble and worship, that is a constitutional right. The governor says Illinois cannot open until he says And our churches can’t open until he says. We can have 50 to congregate but who’s going to pick the 50 to come out of our 150 worshipers. When the governor says we cannot do that, that is not a law if we break his command we have not broken a law on the books.

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